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The Bridge project



The Bridge project aims to create mentoring, training, and employment opportunities for young men who are completing periods of incarceration. The idea behind the Bridge project was conceived by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Victoria, and a group of 33 graduates of Leadership Victoria's Williamson community leadership program, in 2005.

The aims of the project are to:

Through the project, the YMCA has developed a significant intervention which:

The Bridge project is also working in partnership with PVS Indigenous to coordinate a specialised employment program for young Indigenous offenders in the Melbourne metropolitan area. This program supports youth aged 16-25 years who have had, or are at risk of, contact with the justice system. Mentoring, accredited work readiness training, and pre and post work placement support are available to participants in this program.

Abstract adapted from the Young Men's Christian Association


Young Men's Christian Association
582 Heidelberg Road
Fairfield Vic 3078
Ph: (03) 9403 5000
Fax: (03) 9403 5100

Mathew Tanner
Indigenous Employment Coordinator
PVS Indigenous
Level 20, IBM Centre
60 City Road
Southbank Vic 3006
Mobile: 0414 501 879


Last updated: 17 March 2014
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